Industry: Culture & Society
Company: Carnegie Endowment
Designation: VP and Former Deputy Prime Minister
Country: USA (Jordan)
Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees the Endowment’s research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.
Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, the highest post reached by a Christian in the kingdom. His career spanned diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications. Muasher began his career as a journalist for the Jordan Times before going on to serve at the Ministry of Planning, then as press adviser at the prime minister’s office, and as director of the Jordan Information Bureau in Washington. In 1995, Muasher opened Jordan’s first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 he became minister of information and the government spokesperson. From 1997 to 2002, he served in Washington again as ambassador, negotiating the first free-trade agreement between the US and an Arab nation. He later returned to Jordan to serve as foreign minister and then deputy prime minister.